Monday, April 24, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 23, 2017

Three teams had to settle for splits in their series.

Fresno 5, Salt Lake 2

W- Ashur Tolliver (2-0)
L- Manny Banuelos (2-1)
S- Jordan Jankowski (2)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (2, 3-run in 6th)

The Grizzlies only had 4 hits on the day, but they made the most of it and snapped the Bees' 7-game winning streak.

Three walks in the opening frame loaded the bases for Colin Moran, who opened the scoring with an RBI single. Moran was erased when D.J. Fisher grounded into a force out, but A.J. Reed was able to score on the play. Salt Lake scored 3 in the 3rd to tie the game, but Moran had the last word on offense; he put Fresno back in front with a 3-run homer in the 6th inning. The other two hits belonged to Max Stassi and Andrew Aplin.

David Martinez went 5.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a double) and struck out 2. Four relievers combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings to finish off the game. Ashur Tolliver was first, and he got the final two outs of the 6th, striking out 1. Aaron West got the first out of the 7th, allowing a hit and walking 1. Reymin Guduan allowed 2 hits over 1.2 scoreless innings, and Jordan Jankowski got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th to earn the save.

Keegan Yuhl takes the mound in game 3 of this series. He'll face Troy Scribner at 6:35 Eastern.

Frisco 5, Corpus Christi 3

W- Connor Sadzeck (2-1)
L- Trent Thornton (1-2)
S- Sam Wolff (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks had to settle for a split as once again, a 4-run inning from Frisco condemned them to a second consecutive 5-3 defeat.

Corpus was on the wrong end of a Connor Sadzeck perfect game until Trent Woodward drew a one-out walk in the 6th. They didn't have a hit until the 8th, when Garrett Stubbs, who is coming back from a stint on the DL, led off the frame with a single. Alejandro Garcia lined out for the first out of the inning, but Mott Hyde got plunked, and Woodward drew another walk to load the bases. Jack Mayfield went down on the infield fly rule for the 2nd out, but the Hooks got on the board when Ramon Laureano drove in a run in painful fashion; he was also plunked by Sadzeck, which brought Stubbs home. This prompted a pitching chance from Frisco. Drew Ferguson greeted the new Riders pitcher, Sam Wolff, with a 2-run single that was the Hooks' only other hit of the day.

Trent Thornton went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 4. Michael Freeman was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen, and he struck out 1 in 1.2 innings of work; the runner he inherited from Thornton scored on a sac fly. Andrew Thome pitched the final 2 innings in his Texas League debut; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 1.

Kyle Smith will take the mound as the Hooks welcome Midland to Whataburger Field for a 4-game set. First pitch is at 7:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 1

W- Corbin Burnes (1-0)
L- Elieser Hernandez (1-2)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros also had to settle for a split as the Mudcats ran wild on their bullpen.

Anibal Sierra tripled to lead off the 3rd and scored Buies Creek's only run on a Jason Martin groundout. Sierra's triple was also their only extra-base hit.

Elieser Hernandez went 5+ innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Ryan Deemes was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen, and in 1.2 innings, he allowed 2 runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him. He also allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Carlos Sierra pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, both of which were home runs. Troy Stokes hit a 3-run home run off him in the 7th; two of the runners were charged to Deemes. The other home run was a solo shot hit by Lucas Erceg in the 8th. Sierra walked 1 and struck out 3.

Buies Creek has Monday off, and then they'll wrap up this 14-game road trip where they started: Winston-Salem. Alex Winkelman will start Tuesday's opener, and he'll face Max Beatty at 7:00 Eastern.

Clinton 5, Quad Cities 4

W- Robert Dugger (1-1)
L- Derick Velazquez (1-2)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (2, solo in 6th)

The Banditos were also forced to settle for a split after the LumberKings scored a run in the 8th to get within a run and two more runs in the 9th to take the lead.

Jorge Alcala shook off back-to-back solo homers to lead off the 2nd to turn in a nice outing. He went 6 innings and allowed 3 other hits (all singles), walked 1, and struck out 8. Erasmo Pinales pitched 2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, and Derick Velazquez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in the 9th.

Quad Cities responded to Clinton's two blasts in the 2nd with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Ronnie Dawson hit a two-out single, and then a pair of errors allowed Marcos Almonte and Rodrigo Ayarza to reach, loading the bases for Taylor Jones, who promptly cleared them with a double. Dawson, who finished 3-3 with a stolen base (4), led off the 6th with a homer. Jones went 2-4 with the bases-clearing double.

Hector Perez will get the start as Quad Cities begins a 4-game series with Peoria at 6:35. Bryan Dobzanski will oppose him.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Rich Guill
Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
 3-3. solo HR (2), 2 R, SB (4)

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Alcala, RHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 5 H (2 solo HRs allowed), 2 ER, BB, 8 K

Taylor Jones, 1B, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
L (1-2), 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER (1 inherited runner charged to him), BB, 9 K

Colin Moran, IF, Fresno
2-3, 3-R HR (2), 4 RBI, R

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